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Two Mice

By: Sergio Ruzzier

Two Mice

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Summary: Illustrations and minimal text follow two mice as they set off on an adventure that includes a shipwreck, kidnapping by a bird of prey, a narrow escape, and a moonlit stroll home.

Rating: 5 *****

Ruzzier creates a number book that goes beyond counting and addresses issues such as sharing, taking turns and jealousy as well.

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Countablock

Written By: Christopher Franceschelli
Illustrated By: Peskimo

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Countablock

Summary:
Teaches the numbers from one to one hundred by showing how a certain number of objects can become something else, from one acorn growing into an oak tree to one hundred puzzle pieces becoming one large puzzle.

Rating: 5 *****

A fantastic counting book. It covers every number from 1 to 100.

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Have You Seen My Dragon?

By: Steve Light

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Have You Seen My Dragon?

Summary: In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park.

Rating: 5 *****

A cute counting book where kids need to spot the dragon in each black and white page. Each page features a subsequent number of items in color such as 14 brown dogs or 15 red balloons. The pages are so intricate kids will want to grab their crayons and start coloring.

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100 Bears

By: Magali Bardos

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100 Bears

Summary: In one forest, between two mountains, three bears put their four paws in the air. From 1 to 100, follow the number trail through this bonkers bear tale.

Rating: 5 *****

A unique counting book where all of the numbers are significant to the story.

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

By: Katie Viggers

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1 to 20 Animals Aplenty

Summary: A counting book with animals.

Rating: 4 ****

Viggers illustrations are amazing and most of the number rhymes are really unique and silly such as 11 dogs and their pet frogs. Some pages even include different classifications of each animal with a descriptor below each one.

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My Bus

By: Byron Barton

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My Bus

Summary: A bus driver named Joe heads out on his route, stopping at one bus stop after another to pick up passengers. He picks up five dogs and five cats in all, dropping nine of them off at the plane, train, or boat. The tenth passenger, a dog, Joe takes home.

Rating: 3 ***

A fun story for little ones. Barton introduces the idea of numbers and counting.

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Over on a Mountain

Written By: Marianee Berkes
Illustrated By: Jill Dubin

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Over on a Mountain Somewhere in the World

Summary:
A counting book in rhyme that presents various animals and their offspring that dwell in high mountain environments, from a mother llama and her “little cria one” to an emperor penguin, his hen, and their “little chicks ten.” Includes related facts and activities.

Rating: 4 ****

A counting book set to the Raffi song Over in a Meadow. Each animals lives on the mountains and there’s even a really well hidden animal on each page.

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Counting Chickens

By Polly Alakija

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Counting Chickens

Summary:
Toby and his friends in his village all have baby animals, as they count the number of eggs and young that they have and Toby ends up with fifty chickens.

Rating: 4 ****

Not your average counting book. The book follows the story of friends in a small village and their animals as they are born. The end has an interactive surprise.

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Cock-a-doodle-doo

By: Steve Lavis

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Cock-a-doodle-doo : a farmyard counting book


Count the barnyard animals and follow along as they make lots of noise.

Rating: 5 *****

The animals make noises as they increase in number. A great and noisy way to learn numbers.

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Big Fat Hen

By Keith Baker

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Big Fat Hen
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

Rating: 3 ***

Baker covers the familiar rhyme “One two buckle my shoe…” adding vibrant visual images accompanied by hens and baby chicks.

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